Former UO Student Sentenced in NK

EUGENE, Ore. — A former University Of Oregon student, detained in North Korea, has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

CNN is reporting that Kenneth Bae was sentenced by North Korea’s Supreme Court.

KEZI 9 News spoke with Kenneth Bae’s friend Bobby Lee by phone and he says he’s devastated by the sentencing.

Lee says Bae attended the University of Oregon with him in the 1980s.

Lee says Bae ran a tour guide business out of China which provided a service for dignitaries to travel to North Korea. Lee claimed Bae had special visa to perform this travel.

Bae’s friends created a Facebook site and website page to raise awareness about the detainment. They are now thrown by a loop with this sentencing.

“Obviously we are devastated, but now more than ever we need to put a face to Ken Bae and build a constituency around him and ask for support at a national level,” Lee said.

Lee says Bae has a family and kids.

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